Elongate Sand and Burrow Dwellers

Eyebar Goby (Gnatholepis cauerensis) is also known as the Shoulderspot Goby, the Bridled Goby and the Cauer Eye-bar Goby

Eyebar Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Eyebar Goby (Gnatholepis cauerensis) is also known as the Shoulderspot Goby, the Bridled Goby and the Cauer Eye-bar Goby. There is some disagreement as to the validity of this species and how they shoul...
Gorgeous Shrimpgoby Amblyeleotris wheeleri also known as the Gorgeous Prawn-goby, the Barred Shrimpgoby and Wheeler's Shrimp-goby

Gorgeous Shrimp Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Gorgeous Shrimp Goby (Amblyeleotris wheeleri) is also known as the Gorgeous Prawn-goby, the Barred Shrimp goby, the Burgundy Shrimp goby and Wheeler's Shrimp-goby. They are fairly common on the Tanzania...
Graceful lizardfish (Saurida gracilis) also called the Blotchy lizardfish and Slender Lizardfish

Graceful Lizardfish- Facts and Photographs

The Graceful Lizardfish (Saurida gracilis) also called the Blotchy Lizardfish. Close up they are easily distinguished from other Lizardfish by the shape of the mouth and the protruding teeth as seen in the ...
Sand lizardfish is also known as the Clearfin Lizzardfish

Sand Lizardfish- Facts and Photographs

The Sand lizardfish (Synodus dermatogenys) is also known as the Clearfin Lizzardfish and the Banded Lizzardfish. They are often confused with the Variegated Lizardfish (Synodus variegatus) but are notably d...
Decorated Goby (Istigobius decoratus) is also known as the Decorated Sand Goby, the Decorated Sand-Goby and the Decorated Sandgoby

Decorated Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Decorated Goby (Istigobius decoratus) is also known as the Decorated Sand Goby, the Decorated Sand-Goby and the Decorated Sandgoby. In 1979 Istigobius was elevated to genus status and the differentiatin...
Bluestreak Goby (Valenciennea strigata) is also known as the Pennant Glider, Blueband Goby, Blueband Glider Goby and the Golden-head sleeper goby

Bluestreak Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Bluestreak Goby (Valenciennea strigata) is also known as the Pennant Glider, Blueband Goby, Blueband Glider Goby and the Golden-head sleeper goby.  They lack the sucker type pelvic fins common to many o...
Bluelined Shrimp goby (Cryptocentrus bulbiceps) may be conspecific to Cryptocentrus fasciatus

Bluelined Shrimp Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Bluelined Shrimp goby (Cryptocentrus bulbiceps) may be conspecific to Cryptocentrus fasciatus as the two resemble each other. Possibly only DNA testing may confirm this. They are common in some areas of...
Blackflap Blenny (Cirripectes auritus) also known as the Eared Blenny

Blackflap Blenny – Facts and Photographs

The Blackflap Blenny (Cirripectes auritus) also known as the Eared Blenny and the Black-eared Eyelash Blenny. They are combtooth blennies that make their home in holes, usually in corals and sponges.  ...
Redspotted sandperch (Parapercis schauinslandii) also known as the Rosy Sandperch

Redspotted Sandperch – Facts and Photographs

The Redspotted Sandperch (Parapercis schauinslandii) is also known as the Rosy Sandperch.  They are among the more attractive looking sand perches and are sometimes seen swimming above the bottom. They are ...
The Aurora Goby (Amblyeleotris aurora) is also known as the Aurora Shrimp Goby and the Pinkbar Goby

Aurora Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Aurora Goby (Amblyeleotris aurora) is also known as the Aurora Shrimp Goby and the Pinkbar Goby. As their name implies they have a symbiotic relationship with a species of alpheid shrimp, Alpheus randal...
Mozambique Blenny (Meiacanthus mossambicus) is also known as the Harptail Blenny

Mozambique Blenny – Facts and Photographs

The Mozambique Blenny (Meiacanthus mossambicus) is also known as the Harptail Blenny. Blennies in the Meiacanthus Genus have grooved canine teeth with poison sacks that allow them to inject poison into thei...

False Cleanerfish – Facts and Photographs

The False Cleanerfish (Aspidontus tractus) mimics the Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)pictured below across each stage of its life. False Cleanerfish are fangblennies and the name originate...
Piano Fangblenny (Plagiotremus tapeinosoma) is also known as the Hit and Run Blenny, Mimic Blenny and Scale-eating Fangblenny

Piano Fangblenny – Facts and Photographs

The Piano Fangblenny (Plagiotremus tapeinosoma) is also known as the Hit and Run Blenny, Mimic Blenny and Scale-eating Fangblenny. They obtain their name from the black and brown striped pattern running dow...
Whip Coral Goby (Bryaninops yongei) is also known as the wire-coral goby

Whip Coral Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Whip Coral Goby (Bryaninops yongei) is also known as the wire-coral goby. They have a very specialized habitat and are found only on the Whip Coral (Cirripathes anguina) and as a consequence have a numb...
Speckled sandperch (Parapercis hexophtalma)

Speckled Sandperch – Facts and Photographs

The Speckled sandperch (Parapercis hexophtalma) is a member of the Parapercis genus . They were once thought to be two separate species because of the discrepancy in looks between the males and the females....
Railway Glider Goby Valenciennea helsdingenii also commonly known as the twostripe goby, black-lined sleeper goby, or railway sleeper goby

Railway Glider Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Railway Glider Goby - Valenciennea helsdingenii is also commonly known as the twostripe goby, black-lined sleeper goby, or railway sleeper goby.They lack the sucker type pelvic fins common to many other...
Blotchlip Sandperch

Blotchlip Sandperch – Facts and Photographs

The  Blotchlip sandperch is a member of the Parapercis genus that used to be known as Parapercis xanthozona. Due to the obvious differences it is being reclassified but is not yet described. They are a very...
Spotted sandperch, Parapercis punctulata

Spotted Sandperch – Facts and Photographs

The Spotted sandperch, Parapercis punctulata is a common inhabitant of the rubble areas between the reef on the Tanzanian coast. As can be seen in the image above the males are quite attractive looking fish...
Variegated Lizardfish also known as the Reef or Red Banded Lizzardfish, Synodus variegatus

Variegated Lizardfish- Facts and Photographs

The Variegated Lizardfish (Synodus variegatus) is also known as the Reef Lizardfish or Red Banded Lizardfish. They are sometimes confused with the Sand lizardfish (Synodus dermatogenys) which are usually fo...
Fire Dartfish Nemateleotris magnifica also known as the Fire Goby or Red Fire Dartfish

Fire Dartfish-Facts and Photographs

The Fire Dartfish Nemateleotris magnifica also known as the Fire Goby or Red Fire Dartfish is  an unusually shaped and colorful fish. Fire Dartfish are not actually gobies and are in the Pteroleotridae fami...
Scuba Diving Tanzania

Fire Goby Poses for a Picture

A fire goby or fire dartfish, (Nemateleotris magnifica) displays its vibrant colors and fully erect dorsal fin for the photographer. Adult fire gobies are generally found on sandy patches alongside coral re...

Speckled Sandperch

A territorial speckled sandperch (Parapercis hexophthalma) on a coral balmy in Dar es Salaam. Photographed while scuba diving at Bongoyo Patches. Shot with a Sony DSC-RX100M II Camera in a Nauticam housing ...

Leopard Blenny

Mug shot of a leopard blenny (Exallias brevis), hiding from predators inside a barrel coral. Photographed while scuba diving off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo shot with a Sony DSC-RX100M II Ca...
Leopard Blenny (Exallias brevis)

Leopard Blenny – Facts and Photographs

The leopard blenny (Exallias brevis) also known as the pink-spotted blenny, shortbodied blenny and honeycomb blenny  is a fish full of character. When first approached underwater they will often dive for th...